The Avengers (1961–1969)
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When Mrs. Peel's friend Major Croft goes missing she traces him to the picture postcard village of Little Storping. Unfortunately the entire population are assassins for hire who lure their... See full summary »


Robert Asher


Brian Clemens (teleplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Colin Blakely ... Mickle
John Ronane John Ronane ... Hubert
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... Dr. Haymes
John Sharp ... Prewitt
Sheila Fearn Sheila Fearn ... Jenny
Eric Flynn Eric Flynn ... Croft
Norman Chappell Norman Chappell ... Forbes
Robert Cawdron ... Banks
Marijke Mann Marijke Mann ... Miss Avril (as Marika Mann)
Irene Bradshaw ... Maggie
Joseph Greig Joseph Greig ... Higgins
Geoffrey Colville Geoffrey Colville ... Jeremy Purser
Langton Jones Langton Jones ... Chapman


When Mrs. Peel's friend Major Croft goes missing she traces him to the picture postcard village of Little Storping. Unfortunately the entire population are assassins for hire who lure their victims to the village, kill them and then claim that they have never been there. Croft has been killed, along with his valet to prevent them from exposing the sinister secret and Mrs. Peel is next on the hit list unless Steed can save her. Fortunately, she manages to put in a phone call to her 'husband.' Written by don @ minifie-1

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7 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The ducking scenes were done by Cyd Child. She could keep her breath quite long, but director Bob Asher couldn't stand watching it and had her brought up even before she gave the sign to. See more »


Emma Peel is certainly too smart to run AWAY from the cover of trees when being chased by a helicopter. See more »


John Steed: [struggling to open Emma's chastity belt] It may surprise you to know that I've had very little experience with this type of garment.
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Featured in The Avengers: Homicide and Old Lace (1969) See more »

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Hardly the welcome wagon
5 April 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Murdersville," nearing the end of the Emma Peel era, continues the trend of high quality with an incredible tale of greed and evil. Emma accompanies her old childhood friend, Major Paul Croft (Eric Flynn), on a journey to find his new home in an isolated community called Little-Storping-on-the-Swuff (a location already familiar from "Dead Man's Treasure"). Unfortunately, the inhabitants make new arrivals feel most unwelcome, killing off both Croft and his friend, Private Forbes (Norman Chappell, "Dance with Death," "Dead of Winter," "The Gilded Cage," "Dial a Deadly Number," "Fog"), who is stunned to see two townsmen casually destroying all their belongings. At first, Mrs. Peel is made to believe that her missing friends were never in the tiny village, but soon they have to bring out the helicopter to capture the elusive Avenger, who finally confesses that the only other person who knows where she is is her husband John (Steed!) Certainly one of the most startling, and elaborate, of the entire series, featuring the one and only occasion when Emma strikes back in anger (almost killing her foe with a telephone), having discovered the corpse of her dear friend, silently mouthing his name. Familiar faces abound, such as John Ronane ("Take Me to Your Leader"), John Sharp ("Traitor in Zebra" and "Bizarre"), Robert Cawdron ("A Taste of Brimstone"), Irene Bradshaw ("One for the Mortuary" and "The Golden Eggs"), Geoffrey Colville ("Concerto"), Andrew Laurence ("You'll Catch Your Death"), and unbilled Hilary Dwyer, leading lady of 1968's "Witchfinder General," 1969's "The Oblong Box," and 1970's "Cry of the Banshee."

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